When most people think of divorce, they think of sitting in court with an attorney as a judge decides what is a fair and equitable settlement. However, the truth is that there are many different ways to end a marriage. The best one for you will be the one that aligns most closely with your goals. For some people, it is litigation in court. For others, alternative dispute methods like mediation and collaborative divorce are better options.
Recently, family law attorneys have been adding a new option to their list of services: virtual mediation. Virtual mediation combines everything that couples know and love about mediation—keeping things out of the courtroom, working with mediators to reach a mutually agreed-upon settlement, lower cost—with the flexibility and accessibility of a virtual appointment.
Thanks to secure video conferencing programs, couples can complete their divorce mediation all from the comfort of their own homes. Are you at the end of your marriage and trying to decide what to do next? Here are five reasons to consider virtual divorce mediation:
It’s Always Accessible
For some couples, the idea of sitting down across from one another sounds too daunting. If this is a challenge traditional meditation poses, a virtual mediation can make it more bearable. Rather than being in the same room, you can attend virtually and keep your space. The accessibility of a virtual mediation can’t be ignored.
Travel, work, homeschooling, and relocation are several things that can make fitting in one more in-person appointment difficult. Divorce has a lot of moving parts, and sometimes life can get in the way of the formal process. Rather than driving to your mediation sessions, you can save time and simply join the virtual conference from your desk.
Going through a divorce will always be uncomfortable in some ways, but meeting virtually from your own home or office can make you feel more secure, comfortable, and confident throughout the process. With less tension in the air, negotiations can become more productive, getting you to the finish line faster.
Generally speaking, mediation is the most cost-effective divorce route. Without needing to pay expensive lawyers and racking up legal bills, you can negotiate the terms of your own divorce with the help of a trained mediator and reach a settlement faster. Meeting virtually can provide even more cost savings because it eliminates the need for travel during the meetings.
It Supports Safety
During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important benefits to virtual mediation is the social-distanced safety. Meeting in-person poses risks that not all couples are comfortable with. Some couples may live with elderly family members. Others may be co-parenting a child who is immune compromised. Keeping meetings virtual eliminates any risk, keeps the families safe during an already difficult time, and prevents the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Schedule Your Virtual Mediation Now
If these benefits sound enticing to you, a virtual mediation may be your best option moving forward with your divorce. Natalie Baird Mediations and Collaborative Divorce is proud to offer virtual mediations to our clients to support them through this unique season in the world – and their life.
Call us or schedule your virtual mediation session online today.